Political Culture Under Institutional Pressure: How Institutional Change Transforms Early Socialization by L. Bennich-björkmanPolitical Culture Under Institutional Pressure: How Institutional Change Transforms Early Socialization by L. Bennich-björkman

Political Culture Under Institutional Pressure: How Institutional Change Transforms Early…

byL. Bennich-björkman, Li Bennich-Björkman

Hardcover | July 2, 2008

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Are world views once formed during childhood and adolescence stable over life or do they change when they come under pressure from new institutional contexts? This book seeks the answer by re-visiting an aged political generation growing up in historically unique interwar Estonia but living their adult lives in exile in Canada and Sweden or under foreign occupation in the then-Soviet Estonia. Some major conclusions drawn are that of dominant "cultural themes" being stable over time in all three groups, while cultural correspondence between country of origin and host society plays an essential role in explaining why the exile communities differ in their degree of genuine democratic citizenship.
Li Bennich-Björkman holds a professorship in political science at Uppsala University Sweden. She has published extensively both in English and Swedish on topics of political culture, post-communism and organizational research. Bennich-Björkman's Organising Innovative Research: The Inner Life of University Departments was published in ...
Title:Political Culture Under Institutional Pressure: How Institutional Change Transforms Early…Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:July 2, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230601014

ISBN - 13:9780230601017

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Table of Contents

Socialized Culture and Institutional Change: Introducing the Discussion * The Context of Early Socialization: Estonia between the Two Wars * Multicultural Canada and the Welfare State Sweden: Home to Estonians in Exile * Did Civic Commitment Survive Communism? * Political Culture under Institutional Pressure

Editorial Reviews

“Li Bennich-Bjorkman's Political Culture under Institutional Change is a major addition to our knowledge about the interaction of culture and institutions as well as to our understanding of politics and social values in transition countries. Bennich-Bjorkman focuses on Estonia, which had close social and cultural ties to Sweden and Finland prior to its incorporation in the Soviet Union, and which has had one of the most successful transitions from Communism in more recent years.  This is a very important story.  Bennich-Bjorkman tells it with elegant prose and with great theoretical sophistication.  It will have a great and lasting impact across a variety of fields.”--Eric Uslaner , Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park “How can we study the effects of culture and socialization on political values and behavior? Li Bennich-Björkman presents a methodologically innovative answer to this question by comparing Estonians in three different geographic and social settings. This book presents not only a wealth of information about Estonians in the 20th century, but also a systematic approach to one of the biggest questions in political science.”--Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia